Thursday, 29 September 2016

Broken bones

Not a good start to the day! Hubby gets breakfast, finished my cereal and reach for the coffee and then I drop the dame thing all over me and the bed, was not a happy bunny.
What a performance, bed gets stripped everything had to be washed even the quilt was so annoyed with myself.

Later in the morning Jennifer arrives with my little darling really missed her, had been five day's since last time she was here. but she did not want to come in the house she'd rather be in the garden with Vovo, once there its hard work to get her indoors.
Mia came round too... Today no time to get bored had all the family here, we all had lunch together and a lot of laughter, that's another day over, one more day closer to get cast removed.

No mishaps today, managed to have my coffee without any spillage we have another sunny day, not that it did me any good am still stuck indoors, but at least my little darling came to visit me she's a ray of sunshine bless her, also my sister Elsa popped in, plenty distractions today did not have time to get bored....Jennifer helped me to prepare soup for my dinner, had a few courgettes from the garden and a few bit of vegetables left in the fridge, ended up with a lovely cream of vegetable soup really tasty. Now everyone has gone home! Had my bowl of soup now am back reading my book.

Still dreaming of footpaths in Essex way.

Friday, 23 September 2016

Broken bones

22 day's or is it 23 day's !!! I think am losing track of time LOL I feel that am missing something...Like not to be able to walk through the fields and the lakes of Essex way.

A time of the year when the hedges and the trees start changing color, and I miss my friend and our chats, I have been doing well with my reading....Am reading such a variety of books, some not my usual genre, I have surprised myself am really enjoying the change.

Had a bad night, woke up with a very painful leg, had to take painkillers I think its lack of exercise and the muscle is letting me know that it needs to move but its going to be a while yet me thinks. Looking forward to the 5th of October when this contraption is removed from my leg...

I think I
Think too

Time seems to go so slow I have read so many books that I feel all the words racing in my head. I used to be a romance and family saga's reader, but since I broken my leg my friend brought me a variety of books so now my reading  has evolved into all sorts lets say that now I am into crime, or anything I can lay my hands on and am really enjoying the change. Some books I just cannot put down..

This week has been very quiet I have not seen my little darling,
and I won't  see her until Thursday.
Mia popped in bless her she wasn't feeling very well. She's on a weeks holiday and she wasn't very happy she said,  typical I go on a weeks holiday and I get sick. hope she gets better she's going to a convention for the weekend...

My friend Paula will be popping in later on, I really have missed our chats while walking, It'll be nice to have someone to talk other than Hubby, cannot complain to much he has been looking after me well, but he still cannot find a duster, my house needs a good dusting. LOL.
Today is going to be a good day, I won't do much reading but I think my brain could do with a rest, so that it can put all the words in order that is floating around in my head .....

Am still missing the fields at Essex way

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Broken bones

I woke up with a start its blowing a gale out, sounds very angry the wind throwing its weight about.
Sounds like its saying I am here, I am Autumn be ready for a new season...

All the flowers that I had been watering
have now been soaked with tears
and the sun you beamed on me, is now
nothing but grey clouds
my leaves are turning yellow
as they slowly fall apart, and my
heart beating with a sigh, wishing
that my garden will be colorful again.

Monday, 19 September 2016

Broken bones

!9 day's and the day starts with a lovely surprise!
My friend Paula new short story along with others in an anthology  (((The best of CafĂ© Lit))) was posted through my letter pox, Thank you Paula! really looking forward to reading it.

Another hot day, not bad for September, its a shame that I am stuck and not able to be out there enjoying and walking through the countryside, I have been making sure that I follow the advice of keeping my leg raised so that it heels quickly for when we fly to the old Homeland in a couple of weeks time, I won't be able walk on the Levadas that will be hard for me. But I am hopping that I'll be able to do short little walks fingers crossed.

Looking forward to the visit to my Madeira as a child my Dad used to tell us that we were very lucky to live in a little corner of paradise. Every time I come to my Island and visit the old homestead wish the family still owns... I remember his words like an echo as if I can still hear his voice, I do miss my childhood and my siblings...

Looking back we were indeed very lucky and fortunate to have had such an Idyllic upbringing and such loving parents in our little corner of paradise...

Now counting the day's until I can walk through the footpaths of Essex Way

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Broken bones

16 day's....Yes am still counting....My girls pop in for a bit, and Jennifer bless her left the vegetables for our dinner ready for Hubby to cook, today were having tuna steaks which Hubby cooked with my guidance it tasted really nice. Oh! also had a glass of wine, naughty me..
Now unwinding with a new book I did finish the book I was reading at last..

The weather has been amazing today a beautiful bright sunny day, a great day to be out exploring the countryside or working in the garden all the things that I love, but its not going to happen for a while yet. I know that I have to be patient and wait, but its so hard and my butt is getting numb from all this seating. I am crap using the crutches and I do try to move around, but yesterday on my way to go upstairs I take a tumble and fell of my crutches and banged my head, hubby runs to me and he say's how did that happen, annoyed with myself I say if I knew that, It would not have happened LOL.

All I know is that I have a massive bump on my head, when I woke up next day the bump has gone but it still sore. Now hubby wont let me move unless his there at hand.
He brought me breakfast in bed, to be fair he has been doing that since I fractured my leg, and then he helps me to bathroom and going down the stairs, am getting quite good at sliding down the stairs, when I say sliding I really mean moving from step to step on my butt. But am still not very good with the bloody crutches, I just about manage to hop to the bathroom or the kitchen but not for very long, because I am putting all the wait on my arms they ache like hell.

Since I've broken my leg nothing much has changed, still hopping around or should say wobbling around....Have had my noose in a new book, I was enthralled from the beginning loving every word and every chapter so much that I don't have much of a memory about yesterday.
Except I got up, washed ate, Oh my babies popped in to make sure I was alright, and then just kept reading I could not put the book down thoroughly enjoyed every single word.

Yesterday I did not think much about the open fields in Essex way...

Monday, 12 September 2016

Broken bones

My day's are very much the same! I get up and hubby helps me downstairs, he gets me breakfast and then he spends best part of the morning, pottering in the garden I feel quite envious but at the same time I am wondering what am going to find when I am able to walk to the bottom of the garden....
I love my garden growing almost wild and he likes things small and manageable, so when plants grow tall or spread their wings he likes to chop them down, so now that I am incapacitated his free to chop to his heart content.....

Then Jennifer and my little darling arrive they come here most day's, and as soon little Jaylee gets here she wants to go in the garden, where she Follows Vovo around with her little watering can.
Today is just us!  Hubby Jennifer and my little darling, no one came visiting and Jennifer did not have to cook we were eating what was left from Mia's cook off. So we had time to chat and have tea.

Hubby had to go out so Jennifer stay's a little longer so that she can help me upstairs. Little Jaylee fell asleep on the sofa she had a full day in the garden, it was hard work looking after Vavo's plants, bless her. Jennifer sees that I have everything at hands reach and of she goes home.. Now here I am reading my book although am finding it a bit of a struggle, am half way and only now am getting into it...

Now am dreaming  of green fields covered in mist.......

Now its Sunday and 15 day's down the line. Mia will be coming round and we decide to do a barbeque, (((espetada Madeira style))) Steak on a skewer Mia's favorite, no bolo do caco though, perhaps next time when I can stand on my two feet.
It was a lovely sunny day so we were eating outdoors ... what a performance trying to get me outside I just could not hop high enough to get over the step, lol I had to seat down and then shuffle out and then they handed me the crutches so that I could hobble to the table.

Very exhausting specially using the crutches on shingle, but it was worth the effort to seat in the garden with the sun shining and the perfumed air that I had missed so much....

Friday, 9 September 2016

Broken bones

It has been thirteen days since I've broken my foot still hobbling around Hubby and the girls are doing a great job looking after me although the house is getting very dusty no one seems to know where the dusters are! Do you think I am feeling ungrateful after all they are looking after me well...

Anyway I get up with hubby's help get washed and dressed, eat my breakfast fresh fruit and yoghurt and my usual cup of coffee, then I get helped down the stairs, another saga with hubby giving instructions how to do it lol...I said to him that Jennifer when she got here was going to put washing on, but he say's I'll do it! And there I was in the kitchen on my crutches giving him instructions on how to put washing on, when Jennifer and my little darling arrived...

After saying hello Vavo! and seeing that the door to the garden was open she makes a dash for the garden and that's where she stay's for the best part of the day. She loves being in the garden following Vovo around and watering the pots with her little watering can, from time to time she comes to the door and say's that she has seen the frogs in the pond and keeps calling Mummy come in the garden, even at lunch time she picks her plate and say's, am eating in the garden bless her....
Some children love games and computers not little Jaylee she loves being out running around out in the open air a lot more healthier than being stuck in front of a box polluting their minds....

My Sister Elsa arrives with her son Nigel he walks in limping and I say oh no not another cripple!...Apparently he has a trapped nerve bless him it had been quite a while since I had seen him Unfortunally his marriage broke down and he now lives in Brighton with his new partner such a shame when this happens but that's life I suppose I wish him all the best....We all have a chat and a laugh to...  Jennifer makes sandwiches for everyone even for me, no salad for me today I said that I fancied one two.... thoroughly enjoyed it, its been 13 days since I had any carbs I even had a ring doughnut that Elsa brought naughty but nice.... It was lovely to have company..

Today is Mia's turn to cook for me even tough she was at work all day she wanted to do her bit, bless her! And since we have loads of courgette in garden getting to big she does her (((Ready Steady Cook))) Dinner.... I must say she has surprised me! it was delicious...Then she gets helps me upstairs gets me ready for bed bottle of water and all.... and of she goes to meet her friends today is cinema day. Am feeling loved...

Still missing my walks of course...But I have to be content just looking at my garden for which like Jaylee I l;ove...
My garden with blowsy Daytura

My Japanese maple corner

Bottom of the garden and another maple

my little darling

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Broken bones

Had a so,so night, its not easy sleeping with your leg up; but I did sleep a little better than the day before, still woke up to early this time it was 4am better than 2 I suppose.
So here I am waiting for Hubby to wake up reading my book and post a little on face book and my blog. Eventually he wakes up and by now its 830 am sure he had a better sleep in the spare room.

He helps me to get a wash and brings me breakfast....So now I have been fed and watered on Weetabix and coffee, and am back seating with my leg elevated and reading my book am doing well, so long I don't put my foot on the floor I'll be fine, I still feel twinges but its bearable don't really need to take painkillers anymore. Jennifer and little jaylee will be arriving soon to keep me company. Jennifer is cooking dinner for me one of her signature dishes  (((Chilli-con-carne))) I wont starve that's for sure....I have decided to cut carbohydrates from my diet while I am unable to walk, therefore not burning any calories although I will miss my pasta...

I cannot afford to put on anymore weight than I already have since I packed up smoking over two years ago, as hubby keeps telling me, you are to big he says.... that's why I have trouble heaving myself up the stairs, he is right I know....So know its salads vegetables a little meat or fish and fruit.
By now the cast is feeling very loose and it hurts when I stand on my crutches it scraps on my ankle, I phone the fracture clinic and they make an appointment  for me to go there on Monday. They informed me that it takes forty eight hours for the cast to harden and that was the day before that I had it done which was on Saturday, so I stay upstairs the whole weekend...I have been so bored can't even look at my garden lol..

I am a little worried we are going to the old homeland in October and it'll take five weeks for the cast to come off which will just a few day's before we fly out, am wondering how am going to cope Madeira is not easy terrain to walk with its inclines, one thing is for sure I wouldn't be able to do my walks which I love, but I have to wait and see.. So am here seating on my bed propped up with cushions with my leg up having lunch smoked mackerel salad with little Jaylee seating next to me eating bread with peanut butter.

My Sister Elsa popes in and keeps me company and she offers to come round on Sunday to help out... But with the girls coming over and now my sister, so I said thank you, but Luis would want to be the one helping at least on the Sunday I think he was feeling pushed out with the girls making a fuss of me and my sister now...It was quite funny on Saturday Mia had left a bell by my bed so that I could call for help is it was needed....Hubby was downstairs preparing my breakfast and I needed his help so I rung the bell and he goes oh! what is that? you think you calling the servants and we both fell about laughing it was so funny glad that he could see the funny side......

Missing my walks and my talks with my friend Paula we always had a good walk and a laugh out in the footpaths of Essex way
Lake by gravel pit

footpath by the lake

Gelder and gatekeeper

Gelder rose

Friday, 2 September 2016

Broken bones

Day 5 Still hobbling around, Hubby helps me up and breakfast is served, bowl of fresh fruit and plain yoghurt, then to the bathroom and another struggle to get downstairs....Have a hospital appointment at 10am so soon after 9 hubby helps me to the car it very exhausting hopping on one leg, we arrive at the Hospital and hubby goes to get a wheelchair  no way could I hop in my crutches all the way...

My name is called and was told that am having a full cast fitted so off I go to the plaster room to get truly plastered ((ahah)) then was sent to take another x-ray then back to see the Doctor where he informs me that the break has not shifted since the first x-ray was taken and that I did not need to be operated, thank goodness for that at least. Before I leave the nurse tells me that I should seat with my leg up higher than my waist, and that I should not be going down and up stairs putting  strain on  the leg...

Decided to take the Hospital advice and stay upstairs with my leg up...Had a bad night woken up at 2am and that was that, felt sorry for hubby I kept him awake with my tossing and turning, well not exactly turning....So its decided from now on, or until I get this dam cast of his sleeping in the spare room like that, he at least will have a goodnights sleep.

Am feeling so useless am really missing my walks with my friend Paula, Although she has found a new playmate ((Haha)) missing my garden too... my husband and my girls have been wonderful Jennifer bless her cooked us a fish pie yesterday and it was delicious should've asked Hubby to take a picture. Today is Mia's turn bless her its her day off and she offered to come cook for me to... Mia phones and asks if she needs to buy anything I say no Daddy has gone to buy veggies, and pork steaks was taken from the freezer. She asks so what am I cooking? Then she say's so you give me a bag of groceries and then what! (((Ready Steady Cook))) I laugh and say ok surprise me....

And she did! Pork steak in a mushroom sauce with carrots French beans and broccoli delicious my babies are very good cooks.... Missing my walks and the open countryside...

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Broken bones

On the 26th of August walking through my sitting I go and slip  and crush with a great big thud on my bum with my foot trapped under me, my Daughter jumps up to help I was so winded that I could hardly speak....

Should've gone to A&E but thinking it was only a sprain I did not, but after a restless night Hubbie made me go to hospital, where after an xray was told that I had broken my ankle, and now am in plaster and feeling useless.

Hade a barbecue planed for the 28th, I phone my brother and told him if he doesn't mind helping that they still should come up, on a time like this I needed people around me....they come up on Sat and what a great help they were! Rui and his wife Salvina Baked an orange drizzle cake from one of my recipe's and marinated the meats for next day....

On Sunday again they did most of the work bless them....then my sister arrives and she also gave a helping hand, when the rest of my family arrived everything was ready to go....Am so glad that I had not canceled..... its on situations like this when one needs the family around, I felt loved and cared for.

On Monday day 3 Hubby is looking after me, he makes me breakfast of fruit and natural yoghurt, then he helps me get washed and dressed. Coming down stairs was a very funny affair leg in front of me and bumming step by step a lot easier than going back up in the evening, what a struggle that was! I feel so weak no strength in my arms so that I could heave myself up but I did it with my husband behind me shouting instructions on how I should be doing it, Quite comical really.... in the end I shouted back that I was the one with the broken ankle and that I was the one feeling the pain. lol!!!!

Day 4 not much change from yesterday, still crippled!!!!! Had a shower lol what a performance!!!! With hubby's help I hop in the bath...did I say hop ahah that's a joke! What really happened was I seat in the bath with my good leg over and then hubby lifts my plastered leg over and that's when I hop to the window sill which is just above the bath, what a nightmarish event.....But I get washed without falling>>>>> of course hubby had to help.

Breakfast  was coffee and a banana, going to see if I keep of carbohydrates while I am incapacitated, since am not doing my walks its only day four and am already finding it very hard not being able to go walking or gardening am missing my chats with my friend Paula and the countryside!!! Paula popped round with a bag full of books bless her at least I'll be excising my brain, if not my legs...Have I mention that my girls have been making sure that am ok! well Jennifer cooked our diner on Tuesday roast pork with caulycheese and green beans, on Wednesday fish pie...

.And on Thursday
Missing walking by

 Mia came over and did her ready steady cook.... That's what she called it... quite funny really she phoned to ask if she needed to buy anything so that she could cook the dinner, I said no Daddy had gone to get vegs and he had taken from the freezer pork steaks, and she say's! So what am I cooking then? And then she say's oh you give me a bag of goods and i'll do ready steady cook and see what I come up with....I must say she done herself proud...She done the pork in a lovely mushroom sauce with beans carrots and broccoli (((delicious)))